Jordan Jones aka Pr3ss Play
Currently residing in Greensboro, Jordan is originally from Durham, NC affectionately known as the BULL CITY 🐂. Music for him started at a very young age singing in youth choirs at church but eventually after starting trombone in middle school he made a name for himself in marching band at Hillside High School. This is where Jordan found a love for performing. He started on the trombone and eventually worked his way up to being drum major. Jordan spent a ton of time working on music in school as well as outside of school which led him to study Music Education at UNC at Greensboro. In five years at UNCG is where he met the other two members of PermanENT iNk., John Jenkins and Montrell Brooks. Jordan spent a lot of time playing at various events on and off campus. He and John often reminisce on their times of staying in the music building until it closed just jamming with two pianos and a couple of singers. After graduating with a BA in Music Education he took his talents to the Army National Guard. 20 weeks of basic which included a 10 week training at the Army School of Music Jordan became a certified professional musician. He is currently in the 440th Army National Guard Band based out of Raleigh, NC. And he teaches elementary music, DJs weddings, and produces a lot of PermanENT iNk.'s music. In addition to that he gigs in a few bands that are in Greensboro; Over the Edge, and SunQueen Kelcey and the Solar Flares. Jordan has ambitions of becoming a full time music producer.
Montrell Brooks aka Trell
The lyricist that you know as Trell hails from the small town of Clayton, NC. His humble beginnings took place in Raleigh, but majority of his childhood was spent in the country winds of Johnston County. Like many of his peers, Trell took up an interest in sports at a very young age. He played soccer,basketball, football, and track and field. During the years of developing his athleticism, Trell was also invested in music. He played saxophone for his school's jazz band, and also marched on the drum line. Seeing that he grew to be an elite and skilled player, an athletic path foreshadowed his future. It wasn't until his junior year in high school where Trell decided to grab a pen and a pad for his internal expressions. Trell's mother was an avid reader. After starting his poetry journal she caught hold of it, only to be amazed of his way with words. Soft spoken with a warm personality, Trell was not that big of a performer. His first year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro changed the perspective on his newly found gift. The UNCG chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted a talent show. After making it pass auditions, Trell had his first poetry performance on campus! This was the start of something beautiful. Over his four years in college Trell took courses on Creative Writing, African American Poetry, and Russian Poetry just to name a few. He started to develop his own style of writing by participating in workshops, networking with local artist, and performing at various venues. Towards the end of his college career Trell was able to travel to a number of institutions to perform. His growth and maturity within the art helped guide him to unforgettable opportunities and experiences. Trell has opened up for Poet and Civil Rights activist Sonia Sanchez, as well as three time World Slam Champion, Buddy Wakefield. Trell is a humble, hungry, and hopeful artist who knows that he wouldn't be who he is today if it wasn't for the grace of God and the support of his friends and family. He now sits as one of the founders of the record label PermanENT iNK. Stay tuned to upcoming projects and events!
John Jenkins Jr aka Teddy J
Winston-Salem has been home for many: Krispy Kreme, Texas Pete, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company! Born and raised in the Twin City, Teddy J been a sponge since birth. Growing up with his mother, she always stressed the importance of versatility. As she strived for better early on, it set a great example for him that would impact his future. Teddy J began his journey through music at age 5 taking piano lessons at the Community Music School. He enjoyed his lessons but over time, became expensive. Music had to be put on the back burner for now but he never lost his love for it. By high school, J became involved with several sports. With hopes of playing college football, that quickly ended when he got hurt and music was reintroduced in his life. Having another opportunity, J's love for the sounds that came from instruments flourished. At the age of 13, Teddy J picked up a ballroom like dance style called "Chicago Style Steppin" which began to become popular in North Carolina through the promotion of his mother. Chicago stepping introduced him to music known as "Dusties". This included groups such as The Whispers, The Manhattans, and one of his personal favorites The Delfonics. With the opportunity to travel around the country teaching this dance form, it allowed him to realize he could do the same with music. By the time he was a senior in high school, he was playing in jazz band, orchestra, symphonic band, learning new instruments in freshmen class band, played with the Winston-Salem orchestra, and arranging popular radio songs for marching band. This opened the door for him to travel to China with the UNCG School of Music, Theater, and Dance Department which he was able to document and perform for locals at conservatories and concert halls. He was able to join the Neo-Black Society Gospel Choir, provide a NOLA-like trombone sound for quartet groups, and perform for various talent shows on campus. It was through the music building that he met Jordan and they held multiple jam sessions, inviting other artist and singers to participate. Thus providing an avenue they could be care free of the restrictions of academic music. Teddy J continues to remain humble during this journey with his brothers and co-founders of PermanENT iNK MUSIC, hoping to one day spread peace and happiness through the earbuds.